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California Legislature Approves Budget Bill

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Legislature passed a long-awaited budget early Thursday after an epic battle that involved several all-night sessions, sending the governor a bill that raises taxes and cuts spending to help close a $42 billion deficit. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, praised the bill, passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and Assembly. He came out of his office after the budget vote and disconnected a large deficit clock counting the number of days — 106 as of Thursday — that the Legislature had failed to act since he declared a special session…

Teen’s Family Transformed After Autism Intervention

Part IIBy Linda Saether CNN Until recently, the Bilson household was under siege. Thirteen-year-old daughter Marissa, who has autism, ruled the roost, screaming shrilly until she got her way and enjoying special privileges that didn’t extend to her siblings, Brittany, 15, and Brendan, 6. The family couldn’t go out in public because of Marissa’s tantrums, and they couldn’t take her into stores because she’d shoplift what she wanted, or just scream until she got it. But that was before. Watch Marissa “before” » Today, the Bilsons’ family life is a lot calmer and quieter. That’s because Marissa and her parents,…

Join CARD Feb 14th in Anaheim!

CARD is proud to be a part of this February’s Autism/Asperger’s Conference in Anaheim, California. Join us as we present our 2008 Study on Early, Intensive Behavioral Intervention on Children with Autism. Stay and watch RECOVERED with us! It’s all happening Saturday, February 14th. What better way to show love, than learning about resources that can lead to autism recovery! Click Image to Enlarge

Autism Spectrum Disorder May Be More Prevalent Among Children Born Very Prematurely

Science Daily (Jan. 30, 2009) Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), in collaboration with other medical centers, have found that children born more than three months premature, are at three times the risk for screening positive on the modified checklist for autism in toddlers (M-CHAT). Children who screen positive on M-CHAT may be at greater risk for developing autism. The Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) if there are concerns about the child’s development. One of the ASD-specific…

The CARD Position on Biomedical Treatment for Autism

The CARD Position on Biomedical Treatments for Autism, January 19, 2006 Autism is currently among the most controversial issues in American public health. Presumably because of the mysterious nature of the disorder, autism continues to be the focus of countless “fad treatments,” the vast majority of which either lack scientific support or have been scientifically disproved, outright (e.g., facilitated communication, see Jacobson, Mulick, & Schwartz, 1995). Several independent review sources have consistently found that early intensive applied behavior analytic intervention (ABA) continues to be the only treatment for autism which is backed by substantial scientific evidence (NYSDH, 1999; Satcher, 1999).…

Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Oklahoma Announces Autism Benefits

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma announced the addition of an autism benefit to insured groups effective their next policy year. This change will not in any way affect the current medical coverage that has always been available to children with autism. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is responding to market interests in the benefits and coverage of certain autism-related medically necessary services. “We want to commend the Oklahoma Legislature for allowing the market to work,” said Bev Binkowski, director, public affairs. “Rather than having a ‘one-size-fits-all’ mandate for all companies, we have been able to develop…

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh on How Biomedical Intervention Improves ABA Success

Autism Action Plan founder Dr. Kurt Woeller interviews Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA at the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) conference. Interview – Part One Interview – Part Two Also: Dr. Granpeesheh explains Red Flags to Look For That Can Indicate Autism Want to view other indepth interviews on autism by Dr. Granpeesheh? Click here. You can also visit: www.centerforautism.com.